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Materials 2016, 9(6), 481; doi:10.3390/ma9060481

The Effect of Lithium Doping on the Sintering and Grain Growth of SPS-Processed, Non-Stoichiometric Magnesium Aluminate Spinel

Department of Materials Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P.O. Box 653, Beer-Sheva 8410501, Israel
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Eugene A. Olevsky
Received: 11 May 2016 / Revised: 2 June 2016 / Accepted: 7 June 2016 / Published: 16 June 2016
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The effects of lithium doping on the sintering and grain growth of non-stoichiometric nano-sized magnesium aluminate spinel were studied using a spark plasma sintering (SPS) apparatus. Li-doped nano-MgO·nAl2O3 spinel (n = 1.06 and 1.21) powders containing 0, 0.20, 0.50 or 1.00 at. % Li were synthesized by the solution combustion method and dense specimens were processed using a SPS apparatus at 1200 °C and under an applied pressure of 150 MPa. The SPS-processed samples showed mutual dependency on the lithium concentration and the alumina-to-magnesia ratio. For example, the density and hardness values of near-stoichiometry samples (n = 1.06) showed an incline up to 0.51 at. % Li, while in the alumina rich samples (n = 1.21), these values remained constant up to 0.53 at. % Li. Studying grain growth revealed that in the Li-MgO·nAl2O3 system, grain growth is limited by Zener pining. The activation energies of undoped, 0.2 and 0.53 at. % Li-MgO·1.21Al2O3 samples were 288 ± 40, 670 ± 45 and 543 ± 40 kJ·mol−1, respectively. View Full-Text
Keywords: grain growth; lithium; magnesium aluminate spinel; precipitation; SPS grain growth; lithium; magnesium aluminate spinel; precipitation; SPS

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Mordekovitz, Y.; Shelly, L.; Halabi, M.; Kalabukhov, S.; Hayun, S. The Effect of Lithium Doping on the Sintering and Grain Growth of SPS-Processed, Non-Stoichiometric Magnesium Aluminate Spinel. Materials 2016, 9, 481.

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